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A dearth of Red Deer
By     |    Oct 27, 2013
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A dearth of Red Deer

OK, so there was never a very high chance of successfully watching the Red Deer rut with a toddler in tow, but I decided that it was worth a try and we headed to Rackenford Moor to try our luck. There have been thunderstorms this week and another one is threatening, now. Dark clouds bear down on us. I scan the bleak horizon for deer, but there are only cows and ponies to [...]

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Springtime on the moor
By     |    Apr 26, 2013
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Springtime on the moor

On Dartmoor, the birds are singing. Meadow Pipits burst into the sky, pouring their hearts out, then parachute down to the ground again, whilst Skylarks belt out endless arias and Yellowhammers, perched in bare thorn bushes, chant ‘a little bit of bread and no cheese’. I hold Izzy’s hand as we climb the hill, aware that this is Adder country and that it is sunbathing weather for snakes today. We [...]

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